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New genes from scratch – Trinity geneticist discusses the evolution of DNA

Professor in Genetics at Trinity, Aoife McLysaght, explained how new genes evolve and how they sometimes become essential as she addressed a packed audience while delivering the 2016 JBS Haldane Lecture at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. The DNA in every living cell, including all of those in our bodies, has been passed […]

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TCD Immunologists Unearth Key Piece of MRSA Vaccine Puzzle

Immunologists from Trinity College Dublin have unearthed a key piece of the MRSA vaccine puzzle by identifying specific ‘helper’ cells whose role in the immune response is critical in affecting infection outcomes. The immunologists were able to develop a model vaccine, which targeted these ‘T-helper type 1’ cells, and then showed experimentally that its use […]

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Experts Meet to Discuss Inflammatory Disease Mechanisms and Clinical Perspectives at 3U Conference

On Thursday, 3rd November, Irish and International researchers from Industry and academia gathered at Maynooth University for the Irish Area Section of the Biochemical Society (IASBS) Conference on Inflammatory Diseases.   The Irish Area Section of the Biochemical Society (IASBS) Conference on Inflammatory Diseases is a focused meeting (sponsored by the Biochemical Society) is bringing […]

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TCD Scientists to study the link between illness, brain dysfunction and dementia

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin will study the interaction between acute illness and brain dysfunction after they were awarded significant funding – a projected $1.2 million over five years — from the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Assistant Professor in Neuroscience in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity, Colm Cunningham, will […]

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UL academic’s discovery could prompt new area of medical science

An Irish professor has turned more than a century of anatomy on its head by identifying a new organ in our guts. The remarkable discovery by J Calvin Coffey, professor of surgery at University of Limerick’s Graduate Entry Medical School, has already resulted in the rewriting of medical text books and the possible creation of […]

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Three NUI Galway investigators identified as the next generation of research talent

(from left to right): Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, Professor Mark Ferguson, NUI Galway’s Dr Laura Russo and Dr Aideen Ryan, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD. Three NUI Galway researchers have been awarded significant funding in an announcement made […]

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UCD cancer research to reduce number of patients exposed to excessive treatment

€2.5m funding will support more accurate breast and prostate cancer diagnosis This will save patients from unnecessary chemotherapy or surgery A UCD cancer research project that aims to reduce the harmful effects of over-treatment by more accurately diagnosing patients has received €2.5 million in funding from Science Foundation Ireland. OPTi-PREDICT will develop two biomarker panels […]

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NUIG-based CÚRAM teams with Neograft to develop new method to manufacture of coronary bypass device

Neograft, a Boston based medical technology company has teamed up with CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices, to develop a novel manufacturing method for coronary bypass devices. Based at NUI Galway, CÚRAM has over 250 researchers engaged in current projects, both in collaboration with industry and on blue-sky research. Coronary […]

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UCC develops arsenal of alternatives to antibiotics

Scientists at the APC Microbiome Institute at UCC have identified an arsenal of new antimicrobials which can kill many harmful bacteria. The latest antimicrobial, called formicin, is a bacteriocin which is a small bacterially produced antimicrobial protein. The research on formicin has been picked up by the editor of the journal Microbiology where it is […]

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Trinity and St James’s Hospital announce plans for new cancer institute

Ireland’s first cancer centre to set gold standard in cancer patient care The intention to develop a new cancer institute was jointly announced by Trinity College Dublin and St James’s Hospital at the launch of Cancer Week today. The first of its kind in Ireland, the new cancer institute will set a new standard for cancer […]

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First research grant in Traffic Medicine awarded to UCC research team

The €40, 000 grant was awarded by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), in association with the National Programme Office for Traffic Medicine (NPOTM) following a competitive process. Dr Carol Sinnott and Dr Colin Bradley, Department of General Practice at University College Cork, will lead a team of five researchers, representing UCC, the ICGP and the […]

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Trinity College Dublin Welcomes US First Lady, Michelle Obama and Daughters for Visit

  Trinity College Dublin welcomed US First Lady,  Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Sasha and Malia to visit the Old Library today. The leading Irish university was the first visit as part of their itinerary in Ireland. Welcoming the Obamas, Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “We are delighted to welcome  the US First Lady […]

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